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Dangerous intimacy : the untold story of Mark Twain's final years

Author: Karen Lystra
Publisher: Berkeley, Calif. ; London : University of California Press, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Dangerous Intimacy tells the story of how, shortly after his wife's death in 1904, Twain enjoyed the attentions of Isabel Lyon, his flirtatious - and calculating - secretary. Lyon desperately wanted to marry her boss, who was almost thirty years her senior. She manipulated the household into exiling Jean, Twain's youngest daughter and an epileptic, to a sanitarium. With the help of Twain's assistant, Ralph  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Mark Twain; Mark Twain; Mark Twain; Mark Twain; Isabel Lyon; Isabel Lyon; Mark Twain
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Karen Lystra
ISBN: 0520250001 9780520250000
OCLC Number: 70399609
Notes: Originally published: 2004.
Description: xxi, 342 pages 16 pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 22 cm
Contents: 1. Mark Twain --
Sam's women --
2. Heartbreak --
3. Rearranging the household --
4. Looking for love --
5. A pact with the devil --
6. Life in the sanitarium --
7. Someone to love him and pet him --
8. A viper to her bosom --
9. Innocence at home --
10. Stormfield --
11. An American Lear --
12. Illusions of love --
13. Unraveling --
14. The exile returns --
15. Confrontation --
16. A formidable adversary --
17. False exoneration --
18. The funniest joke in the world --
19. Melting marble with ice --
20. The end of my autobiography --
How little one may tell.
Responsibility: Karen Lystra.

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Recovers Twain's final years as they really were - lived in the shadow of deception and prejudice, but also in the light of the author's unflagging energy and enthusiasm.  Read more...

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"A brilliant literary detective, Lystra is also particularly good at presenting the prejudicial myths." - Anthony Glavin, Irish Times "Explores a chapter in the life of America's greatest Read more...

 
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